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Chatfield hears plans to host the Relay for Life


Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Deb Jorgenson addressed councilors at their June 9 meeting about a proposal to host the Fillmore County Relay for Life in 2015 and 2016. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent.

Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner have been working on plans to host the event. The walk for cancer is proposed to be held in City Park and on the Chatfield Center for the Arts grounds.

In 2013 Fillmore County surpassed its goal of raising $125,000; raising a total of $128,939.77. It was the seventh highest dollar amount raised per capita in the United States. It is estimated that early on there may be about 700 or more walkers. Camping spaces for tents and some campers are to be located in and around the park for the overnight event.

The proposal has been discussed in the Park and Recreation Committee and they recommended approval. The city council gave their approval which will involve things like the use of City Park, the closing of some streets, the allowance of luminaries, and some cover by police.

2014 Reconstruction Project

•Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, informed the council that two bids had been received for the 2014 Street and Utility Reconstruction project. He recommended the low bidder, Zenke Inc., La Crescent, in the amount of $1,609,174. The bid was lower than the engineer’s estimate which was $1,654,782.

Because one easement from a property owner was not yet in place, the council decided to wait to award the bid until after the easement had been secured. There will probably be a special meeting of the council to award the bid once the easement is in place.

Dombrovski said when construction begins there will be two crews in town to work on the four project areas.

City Clerk Joel Young noted that Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, has updated his financial worksheets with the bid amount. Permits have been issued for six homes this year. The city’s tax capacity is expected to increase by 2 percent per year.

Young suggested that the property tax rate will remain flat with the 2 percent growth, unless there is an unexpected increase in some budget item. However, sanitary sewer rates are expected to increase 3 percent each year and water rates will have to increase 4.5 percent each year.

The budget for overlaying streets will be cut in half or less for several years.

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Chatfield Center for the Arts to get a facelift

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Governor Mark Dayton signed two bills on May 20 authorizing more than a billion dollars to be spent on projects across the state of Minnesota. The $200 million cash bill for construction projects includes $5,352,000 for the Chatfield Center for the ..... 
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Chatfield renews electric franchise

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People ..... 
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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park. The family orientated event will entertai ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The a ..... 
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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the ..... 
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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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